Fishing report for Sept. 16


AMERICAN: Perch fishing is good to very good. Look for the schools in water 30-35 feet deep. The kokanee action has been a little slow, compared with a few weeks ago, but some fish are being caught. One angler netted one measuring almost 18 inches. Kokanee are hitting green/glow hoochies tipped with pink maggots.

CHELAN: Trolling the face of the state park bay in the morning is producing good catches of pre-spawn lake trout, while the face of Manson Bay provides the best action in the evenings. Look for fish 130-185 feet deep, and run your gear 3-5 feet off the bottom.

OHOP: Largemouth bass fishing has been fair. People are catching a good number of fish, but they are small for the most part. Try buzzbaits around the docks and a jig around trees in the water.

SUMMIT (Thurston) : Boaters are catching some kokanee, mostly small fish, and rainbow trout. Try trolling with a corn-tipped hoochie behind a blue dodger.


COLUMBIA: The coho action in the Buoy 10 fishery has been excellent. The most recent state sampling showed boat anglers there averaged 6.27 coho and 0.44 chinook per boat. Some chinook are being caught from Tongue Point to Bonneville Dam.

DUWAMISH: The coho action has been fair to good. Lures seem to be outperforming bait right now.

NISQUALLY: The river is producing some nice chinook. The action has been good overall. Corkies and yarn, Blue Fox spinners in sizes 4 and 5, a Wicked Lure spinner or float fishing with eggs.

PUYALLUP: The action has slowed down compared with a couple of weeks ago. There seems to be a lull between runs. Most anglers are using corkies and yarn mostly.

OLYMPIC COAST: People are catching sea-run cutthroat trout on dry flies and some summer-run steelhead with nymphs and streamers.

SKAGIT: The coho action has been pretty good, even though the water is clear and low. Try drifting cured eggs under a float through the deeper holes.

YAKIMA: Stonefly hatches are reaching their peak, and on most evenings, the October caddis are hatching. With the flow steady at 1,300 cubic feet per second, conditions are great for wade fishing.

Salt water

FLY-FISHING: Fishing for sea-run cutthroat (which must be released) continues to be good, while fishing for coho has been mixed. A lot of the migrating coho seem to be headed straight into the rivers and are not biting at offerings from beach anglers.

SOUTH SOUND: The best action remains in the northern portion of Marine Area 11. There were 85 anglers checked Sunday at the Redondo ramp, and they had 21 coho. At the Point Defiance ramp, 123 anglers were checked, and they had 14 coho. Just a few coho are being caught on the Solo Point area.

WESTPORT: Anglers fishing in the marina are starting to catch coho. If lures aren’t working, try eggs under a bobber or cut-plug anchovy fished slow and deep. In the ocean, coho continue to dominate the catch. They also are getting bigger, with most fish weighing 10-15 pounds.